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Updated: Northern Syria: 200 Syrian Organizations Condemn Turkey’s Attacks and Call on the International Community to Intervene

The UN Security Council must hold an emergency meeting regarding the recent Turkish attacks, exert pressure to stop them, and protect civilians and infrastructure, giving effect to the provisions of international law

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Press Release:

Turkey intensified military activities in the northeastern parts and several areas in the western parts of Syria over the second half of 2022. However, the escalation climaxed on 20 November 2022, when the Turkish army launched the operation code-named “claw-sword.” With the new incursion, Turkey purportedly is responding to the terrorist attack on Taksim Street even though the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied involvement in the bombing.

Over the first two days of the operation, Turkish aircraft and drones bombarded several civilian objects, including a hospital equipped to offer medical services to children and a former COVID-19 care facility in Kobanî/Ayn al-Arab, in Aleppo’s countryside. Additionally, the airstrikes targeted the silos in the suburbs of al-Dirbasiyah, in al-Hasakah, and a power station in the suburbs of al-Malikiyah/Derik. The attacks killed several civilians, among them a journalist, and injured others.

Following the initial attacks, the Turkish military widened the scope of their airstrikes. Turkish air forces targeted new areas in the rural parts of al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor and even hit the Hol Camp. With the expansion, aerial bombing also became more hostile.

Turkish aircraft hit several vital facilities, including power stations and oil and gas resources. The attacks rendered several of the targeted facilities inoperable, straining the infrastructure already dilapidated by the conflict, which has been ongoing since 2011. Consequently, the attacks denied the local communities in the affected areas and millions of residents across other Syrian territories access to energy.

In parallel with the Turkish incursion, several missiles also landed in A’zaz, controlled by the Syrian armed opposition groups, on 22 November 2022. The attack killed and injured civilians.

Notably, grave human rights violations and war crimes marked all of Turkey’s incursions into Syria since 2016. During and after the Turkey-led operations, the military repeatedly horrified and initiated attacks on the villages, towns, and cities across northern Syria. Hostilities destabilized these areas, which today are home to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled their original places of residence in other parts of the country to the safety of its north.

The recent Turkish attacks renewed concerns over displacement. The hostilities have already forced several locals to escape their homes and threaten to displace thousands of others should they continue, and in case Turkey decides to start a ground incursion. Notably, prospective displacement waves threaten to over-stretch humanitarian response efforts that have already been exhausted by previous incursions. Considering this, the undersigned organizations condemn the military escalation in northeastern Syria and the Istanbul bombing and demand that Turkey end attacks on civilians and civilian objects immediately and demonstrate respect for international humanitarian law. Additionally, the undersigned organizations demand that:

  1. The United Nations Security Council hold an emergency meeting regarding the recent military escalation and Turkish attacks, exert pressure to stop the hostilities, and protect civilians and infrastructure, implementing the provisions of international law and the powers of the Council under the Charter of the United Nations (UN).
  2. The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic issue a special briefing on the violations that accompanied the recent military attacks and publish a special report on human rights violations perpetrated across northern Syria by all parties in the conflict.
  3. The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism intensify the collection of evidence so that it is comprehensive and attests to all parties in the conflict and the violations they perpetrated against civilians and civilian objects in northern Syria.
  4. War crimes units in European countries, whose national laws warrant universal jurisdiction, expand structural investigations into international crimes in Syria, to include those committed across the northern parts of the country by all parties in the conflict.
  5. UN agencies and humanitarian organizations intensify relief and humanitarian efforts so that there is an immediate response to the humanitarian needs resulting from the recent military escalation, especially since the attacks have been targeting civilian objects, vital facilities, and infrastructure.

Organizations and Associations Signing the Statement:

  1. Aataa for Relief and Development
  2. Abdaa Organisation for Developmant
  3. Adel Center For Human Rights
  4. Afrin Platform
  5. Ajyal Organizati
  6. Al Birr organization in Qamishli
  7. Al Manarah Organization For Development
  8. Al-Asil Association for Development
  9. Albaghooz Hope for Development
  10. Al-Diyar Society
  11. Al-Hasakah Organization for Relief and Deve
  12. Allied for Peace Organization
  13. Al-Raja Organization for Relief and Development
  14. Amal Al-Furat Organisation
  15. Anwar Algad Organaization
  16. Arak of East Organization
  17. ARAS Charity
  18. Areej Organization for Social Development
  19. Arjuan for Human Development
  20. ASHNA for Development
  21. Ashtar Development Organization
  22. Ashti Peacebuilding Center
  23. ASO Analysis and Strategic Studies Organization
  24. Assyrian Society for Helping and Development
  25. Ataa al-Baghouz Organization
  26. Atyaf Development Association
  27. Awda for DEVELOPMENT
  28. Ayadi Moubsra Organization – SoS
  29. Baladna Organization for Civil Society
  30. Balsam Center for Health Education
  31. Bedaya Organization
  32. Better Hope for Al-Tabqa
  33. Better Life Organization
  34. Better Tomorrow Organization
  35. Bridges of Love Organization
  36. Bukra Ahla Association for Relief and Development
  37. Bzoug Organization for Development
  38. C.R.O Organization
  39. Center for Defense of Liberties
  40. Center for research and Protection women’s rights in Syria
  41. Civil Community Youth Organization
  42. Cloud Organization
  43. Community Solidarity Organaization
  44. DAN for Relief and Development
  45. Dari Organisation
  46. Deirna Organization for Development
  47. Demos
  48. Development – Seed – Center
  49. Development Without Borders Organization
  50. Dijla Organization for Development and Environment
  51. Documentation Violations Center in Northern Syria
  52. DOZ
  53. DURAT ALFURAT Organization
  54. dyaalaml
  55. Ebdaa organisation for  develop ment
  56. Edraak Organization for Development and Peace
  57. Ella Organization for Development and Peacebuilding
  58. Emaar Mansura
  59. ENGINEERING for service’s
  60. Enlil Center
  61. Enma Aljazera Organization
  62. ENMAA Organisation
  63. Ensaf for Development
  64. Euphrates Organization for Relief and Development
  65. EWAS (Environment and Water Association)
  66. Ezdina
  67. F.M.T – Future Makers Team
  68. Faidh Organisation for Development
  69. Fajr Organization
  70. FDO – Organisation
  71. Fikra Organization
  72. For Them Organisation
  73. FOR YOU Organization
  74. Free Kurdish Women Organization
  75. Friends Charity Association
  76. Furatna for Development
  77. Future Hands Organization
  78. Ghaith Organisation for Development
  79. Green Branch Organization
  80. Green Tress
  81. Green Women’s Association
  82. Hadaf Organaization for Humanitarian
  83. Hajen Technicians Organization
  84. Haneen AlFurat
  85. Hevdesti-Synergy Association for Victims
  86. Hevy Organisation for Relief and Development
  87. HLD – Association for Development
  88. Holm Organization For Development
  89. Hope Makers
  90. House of Citizenship
  91. Humanity Ray
  92. Inaash Organization for Development
  93. Intensive Care Association
  94. IWAA Organization
  95. Jan center for special needs
  96. Jasmine Association
  97. Jian Charity Association
  98. Jinar for for Development
  99. Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights
  1. Jsor Alamal Organization
  2. Khabour Association
  3. Khutwa Association
  4. Kobani for Relief and Development – (KRD)
  5. Kurdish Committee for Human Rights (Rased)
  6. Kurdish Feminist Voices
  7. Lasting Peace Organizations for Development
  8. Leading Women Organization for Development and Health Care
  9. Lights for development and construction
  10. Maakom for development and Peace
  11. Malva for Arts and Culture
  12. Manara Organization
  13. Mary Association for Culture, Arts and Environment
  14. Media Academy Organization
  15. Mine Action Office
  16. Mitan Center for the Revival of Civil Society
  17. Moltka Alnhren Organization
  18. Nabd Team
  19. Nasmet Amal Organisation
  20. National Syrian Alliance
  21. Nawat Organization
  22. Nextep Organization
  23. Nisaa Alamal Organization
  24. Noun for development and support for women and children
  25. Okaaz Organization
  26. Organization for Feminism
  27. Path Creation Organization
  28. Payam center for mental health and humam development
  29. PCSC – Peace and Civil Society Center
  30. Peace Bridges Organization for Development
  31. Peace Humane Society
  32. Peace Land
  33. Peace Tent
  34. Peace She Leader Network
  35. PÊL- Civil Waves
  36. Peyam Association For Orphan Care
  37. Purity Organization
  38. Qadar Organization
  39. QRD – Organization for Research and Development
  40. Ras al-Ain/Serê Kaniyê Platform
  41. Reng Organization for development
  42. Rescue and Relief Team
  43. Restoration Hope Association
  44. Roaamustkbl Organization
  45. Road Organasishn
  46. Roj Kar for relief and development
  47. ROJ Organization for Mine Control (Mine Action).
  48. Rojhilat for Relief and Development
  49. Rose for Support and Empowerment
  50. Sahem Organization for cooperation and development
  51. SAMA Organization
  52. Sanabel Euphrates Organization for Development
  53. Sara organization to combat violence against women
  54. Sawaed Organization for Development
  55. SCSD – Syrian Center for Studies and Dialogue
  56. SEl Organization for Development and Empowerment
  57. Shabab Oxygen
  58. Shams Al Ghad
  59. Shams Organisation
  60. Shaqayiq Al Khayr
  61. SHAR for Development
  62. Share for Community Development
  63. Shawshaka Association for Women
  64. Shilan Association for Relife and Development
  65. Shurooq Organisation Development
  66. Silav Center For Civic activities
  67. SMART
  68. Sphere Development Organization
  69. Stability Support Centre
  70. Swaedna Organization for Relief and Development
  71. Syria foundation sustainable development
  72. Syria Help Organization
  73. Syriac Cross Organization for Relief and Development
  74. Syrian Cancer Society
  75. Syrian Center for Cevelopment
  76. Syrian House of Renaissance Association
  77. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
  78. Syrians for Truth and Justice – STJ
  79. Taa marbouta
  80. TARA Organization
  81. Tayif Humanitarian Organization
  82. TEVIN
  83. The Four Seasons Organization
  84. The Kurdish Cultural Association in Denmark
  85. Together for a Bettar Future
  86. Together for Algarnya
  87. Together for Dair Ezzour
  88. Tomorrow Organizations
  89. Tree of Life Organization
  90. Vision
  91. Weqaya Association
  92. Wesal Organsition
  93. Wheat & Olive Platform
  94. Women for Peace
  95. Women Future Organsition for development
  96. Youth for Change
  97. Youth Optimistic
  98. Zakon Organization
  99. Zameen Organization for Development and Peacebuilding
  100. ZIRAK Organization for Development
  101. Zorna Development

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